I grew up in Northern Illinois and have lived in the south all of my adult years, which are many! Retirement brought us to the Ouachita Mountains of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. My photography experience consisted of children, grandchildren, and vacations. It wasn't until joining our local camera club seven years ago, that I began to learn about making a picture instead of taking one and purchased my first DSLR in 2008. I have been blessed to be mentored by one of our camera club members, who is in two of the PSA study groups and encouraged me to join. I am now shooting with a Nikon D610 and only beginning to learn about all its possibilities. I don't get many opportunities to go out on my own and hope that being a part of the study group will give me that push I need. I haven't developed a passion for a particular field but do like HDR when shooting landscape.